James Nelson
Designer Bio

James has been creating art of all kinds across many mediums since he was young, but has always returned to sewing. As a queer designer, James hopes to portray fashion as an expression of gender outside of a strict binary. After Minneapolis College, James hopes to go into costume design for theater.

Designer Statement

My collection, “Resurrection,” is inspired by historical garments and construction methods, with an emphasis on hand-sewing techniques. I chose to disregard the historical categorization of garments as purely male or female, instead deliberately blurring the line between genders. From the Song Dynasty’s 100-pleat skirt to medieval Europe’s liripipe hood to American smocking, Resurrection blends historical trends with modern flare.